Tor is Working Again!

After experiencing the frustrations noted in Tor Browser Issues: A Learning Experience, it’s encouraging to know that Tor is working again! It may be different on various Linux distros, but the version that comes to mind is this one: Micah F. Lee: Tor Browser Launcher.

It’s interesting to note that on GitHub, Lee points out the following:

Are you getting an error? Sometimes updates in Tor Browser itself will break Tor Browser Launcher. There’s a good chance that the problem you’re experiencing has already been fixed in the newest version. Try installing from Flatpak (instructions below), or build from source.

Tor Browser Launcher is intended to make Tor Browser easier to install and use for GNU/Linux users. You install torbrowser-launcher from your distribution’s package manager and it handles everything else:

  • Downloads and installs the most recent version of Tor Browser in your language and for your computer’s architecture, or launches Tor Browser if it’s already installed (Tor Browser will automatically update itself)
  • Verifies Tor Browser’s signature for you, to ensure the version you downloaded was cryptographically signed by Tor developers and was not tampered with
  • Adds “Tor Browser” and “Tor Browser Launcher Settings” application launcher to your desktop environment’s menu
  • Includes AppArmor profiles to make a Tor Browser compromise not as bad
  • Optionally plays a modem sound when you open Tor Browser (because Tor is so slow)

Tor Browser Launcher is included in Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora. To install it in any other distribution, see the build instructions.

This is the most current version of the Tor Browser, 10.0.1:

It seems to be working very smoothly now, and hopefully it does for the rest of you as well! Still, as always, it would be interesting to hear your experiences and if anything has changed as well. Have you had the same issues, or is Tor running successfully for you too?

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